HAMDEN, Conn. – Junior Philip Suprise (Milwaukee, Wisc.) was named men's soccer Player of the Year at the Quinnipiac men's and women's annual banquet on Friday, April 27. Sophomore Brandon Strain-Goode (Toronto, Ontario) earned Player's Player of the Year accolades, while Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) was named Newcomer of the Year and Zachary Friedenreich (Edison, N.J.) earned Academic Player of the Year honors.
Surprise led the team in points for the third straight season, collecting 14 total points on five goals and four assists. Among all NEC players, the junior finished tied for fourth in in-conference goals (four), tied for fifth in in-conference goals per game (.40) and was tied for ninth overall in in-conference points per game (.80). Following the season's conclusion, Suprise was recognized as an All-NEC First Team member, as well as being selected to the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America (NSCAA) All-North Atlantic Second Team.
"Philip led the team in goals, assists, and points," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "He was also in the top 10 in all major scoring categories in the NEC. Philip is a dynamic, powerful and dangerous player. With him on the field we always stand a chance."
Strain-Goode emerged as one of the Bobcats' top defenders in 2011, starting in all 15 games in which he saw action. He consistently marked the opposition's most dangerous striker, and looks towards next season to build off his successful sophomore campaign.
"The Player's Player of the Year is one of the most important awards in our program," said Da Costa. "Brandon was voted by his peers as the player that gives it all every day. He does exactly that. Brandon is passionate and competitive. Only a sophomore, I look forward to what he will offer as he continues to mature."
Angoitia stepped in to start in 14 of the team's 16 games this season as a rookie, accumulating solid numbers along the way (.707 save percentage and a 1.73 goals against average). His 46 saves in NEC action ranked him third overall (as did his 4.60 saves per game mark), while his 1.62 goals against average and .742 save percentage were good for ninth in the conference. Angoitia turned in one clean sheet on the season, shutting out Loyola (Md.) on September, 24 during the team's 1-0 victory.
"Borja was voted Newcomer of the Year by the overwhelming majority of his teammates," said Da Costa. "He was able to beat out two others in route to becoming our starting goalkeeper and I know his best is still ahead of him. He is talented, a tireless worker and a great teammate."
Friedenreich garners this year's Academic Player of the Year honors after leading the team in overall grade point average. The freshman becomes the first rookie to win the award since fellow teammate, senior Brett Uttley (Jamestown, R.I.), won such honors in 2009.
"Zach set the bar high for himself and fellow teammates," said Da Costa. "He is the essence of student athlete and as a freshman has already displayed the ability to balance athletics and academics."
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